Forms & Permits
Note: To read or print the PDF of a form, when available below, Adobe Acrobat Reader must be installed on your computer. DHR can also provide a hardcopy of any of the documents listed below.
Click on a program area below to navigate quickly to relevant forms and applications within a program area:
Archaeology / Archives / Certified Local Government (CLG) / Easements / Environmental Review / Historical Highway Markers / Historic Registers Rehabilitation Tax Credits /
- Burial Permits: (For important information about burial permits and relocation of human remains, please visit this webpage.)
- Permit Application for Removal of Human Burials (PDF) (Word Doc)
- Application for (Archaeological) Investigation on State-Owned Lands
- Cave Collection Permit
- Pursuant to the Cave Protection Act (§10.1-1000 Code of Virginia) a permit shall be obtained from the Department of Conservation and Recreation prior to excavating or removing any archaeological, paleontological, prehistoric, or historic feature of any cave. DHR must concur that the permit is in the best interest of the Commonwealth and that the applicant is qualified and recognized in the appropriate field of study. Contact DCR’s Natural Heritage Division for more information.
- Threatened Sites Project Proposal Form (Word Doc.)
- Underwater Exploration or Recovery Permits:
- Pursuant to §10.1-2214 Code of Virginia, the Virginia Marine Resources Commission has the authority to permit underwater archaeological investigations on historic resources on bottomlands owned by the Commonwealth. DHR is consulted prior to the issuance of the permits and is charged with determining which properties are historic. Contact VMRC for more information.
- African American Cemetery and Grave Fund Documents
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Archives homepage / Back to Top of Page
Certified Local Government (CLG)
CLG homepage / Back to Top of Page
DHR’s Easement Application Form (below) outlines the requirements of DHR’s review process for new easements. Applications are evaluated and considered by DHR Easement program staff and the Easement Acceptance Committee before being presented to the Virginia Board of Historic Resources for approval during one of the board’s quarterly meetings. A $500.00 application fee is due at the time you submit your completed application. Refer to the Billing Statement (below) to submit the application fee. A check for the fee must be provided in accordance with the instructions on the Billing Statement at the same time the application is submitted. DHR is unable to accept credit cards or other electronic payments. Applications will not be reviewed until the application fee has been received by DHR.
Please complete the PDF version of the easement application and email it to
EasementApplication@dhr.virginia.gov or print and complete the form and mail to Karri Richardson, Easement Program Assistant, at DHR, 2801 Kensington Avenue, Richmond, VA 23221. If you email your application, the application fee and billing statement must be mailed separately. Please contact Karri Richardson by e-mail or at 804-482-6094 if you have any questions or need additional information about the application process.
Easements homepage / Back to Top of Page
Environmental Review (Division of Review and Compliance)
The Project Review Application forms:
Division of Review and Compliance homepage / Back to Top of Page
Historical Highway Markers
- Highway Marker Application: Word / PDF
Highway Markers homepage / Back to Top of Page
Historic Registers: Virginia Landmarks Register and National Register of Historic Places
- Preliminary Information Forms: The forms below serve as the starting points for the historical and architectural documentation that DHR staff needs in order to assess your property’s eligibility for the registers. Refer to the guide to the evaluation process before beginning. Once completed, the form(s) must be submitted to your nearest regional office. Please note that the evaluation process for submitted forms usually takes three to four months to complete.
- Forms for National Register of Historic Places (use for Virginia Landmarks Register also)
Historic Registers homepage. For more guidance materials on registers, see this webpage.
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Rehabiliation Tax Credit Forms
To ensure that your historic rehabilitation is eligible for state income tax credits, you need to complete the three-step certification process. For the first step, please complete the Part 1 Application (below) and send it to the address provided, together with the other materials noted on this application checklist. If you are planning to apply for the federal credit as well as the state credit, note that your application should include two copies of the federal form, which can be obtained on the National Park Service website.
- Virginia Tax Credit Application
- Part III: Request for Certification of Completed Work PDF / Word Doc
- Additional Documents Pertaining to Program Changes Implemented February 10, 2016:
- Other Important Documents for Virginia Tax Credit Application & Projects
Tax Credits homepage / Back to Top of Page
Updated July 19, 2018